SouthField Studios plan boasts Boston stand-in
The Los Angeles-based group known as International Studio Group (ISG)
unveiled the plans for its new TV and film sound stage complex
tranforming the Weymouth Naval Air Station into a $300 million project
called SouthField Studios.
And, well, it looks a helluva lot like Boston.
According to a mock-up , the front-lot-set streets of SouthField Studios
will be sourced from historic Boston City locales. In fact, the set is a dead
ringer for any brownstone-lined street in the South End or Back Bay
neighborhoods. It's Beacon Hill ... without the hill.
The proposal continues, "These highly detailed facades will allow
companies to shoot key exterior scenes in a controlled environment that
includes publicly-accessible restaurants and shops to enhance the
authenticity of the streets."
A Hollywood East stand-in for Boston? Yep.
As previously reported in Loaded Gun, the plan to build a multi-use movie
complex will include 10 to 15 sound stages, production offices and more
than 125,000 square feet of retail and office space.
The new studio, which needs to undergo state environmental review,
could serve as a post-production facility for the slew of filmmakers
currently taking advantage of the state's low tax credit.
Similar to the online push from Plymouth Rock Studios that ultimately
passed as a $422 million deal with minimal opposition, SouthField Studios
launched an aggressive campaign here with construction slated for the
summer and an opening slotted for the fall 2010.
In addition, SouthField Studios will also feature an interactive film and TV
tour in the heart of the town center for residents and guests. Think
Universal Studios ... minus the rides.
Armed with its Boston facade front lot, this multi-use complex would be
an ideal space for filming ongoing Boston-set TV series like TNT's "Bunker
Hill" pilot starring Donnie Wahlberg and the Spike-TV project "War of '04."
The only caveat? The "controlled environment" may be too pristine for all
of the thugs-on-film projects in the works.
Another movie studio in Massachusetts?
Southfield Studios sez "Yup!"
by Roland Hansen